PhD, M.A., BaH
Research and teaching
Area of Focus
- Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology
Summary of Research
My research to date had been interested in the psychosocial outcomes of pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families. More specifically, I have been focused on quality of life and social competence deficits in pediatric CNS tumor survivors. Preliminary work has included a review of the pertinent literature and investigations of factors that could be related to social competence in these survivors such as quality of life, sense of self, depressive symptomatology and body mass index. This research resulted in the development of an intervention program to remediate social adjustment difficulties displayed by pediatric CNS tumor survivors. The findings from these trials inspired a multi-site randomized control trial of the intervention which yielded modest improvements in social skills following the intervention compared to a control group. Currently, my research will focus on uncovering the mechanisms for social difficulties in pediatric CNS tumor survivors so that targeted interventions can be developed.
Dr. Fiona Schulte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, Division of Psychosocial Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine. She is also a registered psychologist in the Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2010 and received her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in the program of Health and Behavioral Science in 2009. Fiona completed her MA in Clinical Psychology from York University and her BAH with a major in psychology at Queen’s University.